(SACNS Americas News; Social Justice South Africa)
Organization, sidelines Christian employees, creates hostile environment for marriage, lies to Middle East customers; Dump Starbucks is first boycott by NOM (National Organization for Marriage) in USA
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EWTN NEWS | 'Boycott highlights Starbucks' radical stance on marriage' by Benjamin Mann | Washington D.C., Mar 24, 2012 / 07:14 am
http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/US.php?id=5137 "“To say that they respect our opinion, when they've decided to use their clout as a corporation to redefine marriage, makes no sense,” he stated. “The way you respect our opinion is to stay out, not to take a corporate position.”
Brown also accused Starbucks of “lying to its shareholders and customers” in different parts of the world.
“On the Middle Eastern website, Starbucks Corporation says it takes no political stance. This is a political stance.”
“And the reason it does that, is because it knows that in the Middle East, in Southeast Asia, and all these areas, same-sex 'marriage' is overwhelmingly opposed. Therefore, it's telling its customers and shareholders one thing, and doing something entirely different.”
The National Organization for Marriage has never before called for a corporate boycott. It is doing so now, Brown said, because of Starbucks' decision to antagonize many of its employees and customers.
Individuals, he said, have a “right to speak and donate … to any candidate or cause that they choose.”
“It's a very different thing when your corporation itself takes a stand – stands up in the public square and says, essentially, those of us who believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman are wrong, and they are going to fight against us.”
According to Brown, Starbucks' corporate culture is already becoming hostile to many Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others who support authentic marriage.
“I think that's already the case, by their own statements,” Brown noted.
“You can't, on one hand, say you 'respect our views' – and then engage the full weight of your corporation to stand against them in the public square.”"